Perceived sibling relationships of sexual minority youth

Russell B. Toomey, Rhonda A. Richardson

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the relationships of sexual minority youth and their siblings. The participants were 56 lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender individuals ranging in age from 18 to 24 years, who reported information about a total of 107 siblings. Respondents completed a demographic data questionnaire as well as adapted versions of the Sibling Closeness Scale (SCS) and the Sibling Approval of Sexual Behavior Scale (SASBS) to describe their relationship with each of their siblings. Analyses examined birth order and gender in relation to outness to siblings as well as sibling closeness and approval. Results provide information about disclosure of LGBT status to siblings, elements of closeness and acceptance in sibling relationships of sexual minority youth, and the significance of gender and birth order in these sibling relationships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)849-860
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Homosexuality
Volume56
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Bisexual
  • Gay
  • Lesbian
  • Outness
  • Sexual minority
  • Sibling
  • Transgender
  • Youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Psychology(all)

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